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Susan Pigott

Susan Pigott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cement Cage

after Edward Hopper’s painting
Room In New York

They sit in a yellowed room.
Her face, turned downward,
in shadowed thought.
He wrestles his paper, shoulders bent.

Like the door, they are closed
to one another.
Birds trapped in a cement cage,
each on a perch,
neither singing.

Red chair, red dress, red lamp,
the color of life.
But they are waiting.
Always waiting
for the other to turn the key.

The window is open.
They could fly.

Edward Hopper, Room In New York, Oil On Canvas, 1932, in the F. M. Hall Collection of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Edward Hopper, Room In New York, Oil On Canvas, 1932, in the F. M. Hall Collection of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, University of Nebraska-Lincoln